BCS Annual Conference Cancelled
President, Prof Simon Ray, today announced the BCS Annual Scientific Conference in June has been cancelled. We will keep members fully informed of any developments.
The statement advised:
'It has rapidly become apparent in the last week that there is no prospect of the BCS being able to run the Annual Scientific Conference scheduled for the 1-3 June. The BCS Board has with great reluctance decided to cancel this year’s event which due to its size and complexity, cannot realistically be postponed.'
Prof, Ray went on to say;
"We recognise that many of you have put a considerable amount of effort into submitting abstracts and we also had a large number of excellent submissions for the Young Investigator and Michael Davies Early Career Awards. We will therefore continue with the marking of the abstracts and those which would have been presented will be published in Heart as usual."
The prizes for the best abstracts in each category will also be awarded as will both research prizes and the Mackenzie Medals.
The BCS will provide more information about how this process will work over the next few weeks but the intent is to present the awards at a meeting at Fitzroy Square once the pandemic situation allows.
A heartfelt thanks to Prof John Greenwood, Faculty, Programme Committee and Staff
The President extended his personal thanks to those who had agreed to speak or chair and in particular to John Greenwood, his colleagues on the Programme Committee and the BCS staff who had worked so hard on the planning of the conference.
The statement ended with an announcement that the BCS will be working on how to provide on line educational opportunities until normal arrangements can be resumed and will be providing more detail on this as plans evolve.
You can read the full statement here
NB: The BCS, in common with other Professional Societies, is monitoring the situation closely and will follow public health advice.